Fractionated RF (radiofrequency) Needling is a relatively new technology at Aesthetica Skin Centre and is now used in combination with our other aesthetic treatments. It is the combination of two methods previously used individually for different skin conditions. In particular, Fractionated RF Needling is effective for the improvement in acne and acne scars, skin rejuvenation as well as fine lines and wrinkles on the face. This treatment is also ideal for bodily skin sagging. Fractionated RF Needling is a safe treatment for all skin types, and the treatment has minimal downtime and fewer complications.
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The technology uses tissue resistance within various layers of the skin to transform RF energy into thermal energy and thereby stimulates new collagen production. Microneedling has been used for many years for skin rejuvenation. The fine needles cause direct trauma to the skin as the needles penetrate the skin. This initiates a repair process that stimulates fibroblasts to produce new collagen. Also, the needles create channels that allow for direct delivery of products applied to the skin for optimum results. Radiofrequency combined with microneedling enhance the results that could be achieved with either procedure alone. The combination technology generates fractional radiofrequency coagulation of dermal collagen and results in immediate collagen contraction. It further stimulates a natural healing response, leading to the replacement of damaged connective tissue with new healthier, and glowing skin.
We recommend 3-6 sessions every 4 weeks. This gives your skin ample time to produce additional collagen and elastin. Maintenance treatments should be performed for long-term results.
The Medical Aesthetician will apply a local anaesthetic cream 30- 40min before the treatment. After that, this will be removed from the area being treated. Your Aesthetician will determine the correct setting accordingly to each individual’s needs. The treatment duration is 15-20 min, depending on the area. During the procedure, you will feel a slight sensation of heat. This is due to the heat of the radio frequency. Some clients may experience a small needle prick sensation due to the gold plated needles. There are different needle depths and sizes for client individual needs.
The research suggests that radiofrequency has some advantages over other lasers when treating the skin. Fractional lasers were often used to treat acne and acne scarring. However, a limitation in treating acne scarring with fractional lasers has been the risk of hyperpigmentation, particularly in darker Fitzpatrick skin types. The advantage of radiofrequency is that the energy is not absorbed by melanin, which decreases the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and the heat can be delivered by the needles at precise depths. This makes fractionated RF an alternative modality for treating acne scarring and many other skin conditions. Another significant advantage of this technology over ablative laser resurfacing is that the needle depth is adjustable to treat various areas successfully. Factional radiofrequency treat is mild to moderate laxity of the lower face and neck with remarkable improvement in neck wrinkles after the procedure. It is found that the same results are challenging to obtain with laser resurfacing due to the risk of scarring in non-facial tissue.
There is minimal discomfort after the procedure is completed. Most patients have some mild erythema and oedema for 1–3 days. Bruising can occasionally occur with the deeper needle insertions. The use of insulated needles should eliminate the need for topical cooling during the treatments since it bypasses the epidermis.
At Aesthetica, we combine the therapy with the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) procedure to improve results as the plasma cells can penetrate the microneedle channels. Complications of this procedure are minimal.
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